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Bengals: Marvin Lewis vs. Chad Johnson

This offseason has been full of jabs between Marvin Lewis and Chad Johnson (Ochocinco). You could say that it started in Week 17 when Chad sat out of the Ravens game and Lewis challenged his commitment to the team (after Chad had visibly been playing injured since the Monday night game). After that there was a ton of drama through January and Chad talked a bunch of trash even going as far to say that he wanted to fight Lewis in a “cage match”.

Since then the back and forth between the two has been minimal, everyone has been focusing on Carson Palmer and all the changes taking place around Paul Brown Stadium. That is, until today when someone asked Lewis what he thought of Chad’s MLS tryout. Lewis went on to slam Chad by saying:

“How does he do at anything? What has he ever done that he’s completed? What circle has he ever connected in any way?”

Way to be an adult, Marvin Lewis. Rather than say something productive, encouraging or just simply “no comment” you go and blast him on a national stage. Aren’t you supposed to be a leader on the team, setting good examples for everyone in the organization? Instead you yourself help create more distractions and drama for the Bengals.

Remember the old proverb: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Both you and Chad could learn from those words of wisdom.

Its no wonder Carson Palmer would rather retire than play another season with this team, they’re literally self destructing in front of our very eyes. Certainly there is someone on the team who is willing to step up and be an adult, set an example and lead this team. It almost seems as if Carson has been the only leader on this football team all along.

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By dhert
On March 22, 2011
At 3:00 pm
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NFL Draft – Veterans vs Rookies

There’s a lot of talk out there since the lockout about if incoming rookies should even attend the draft. Some veterans say that they should skip it altogether to show a unity with the veteran players while others say that they shouldn’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Personally I think these new players should attend the draft and participate as normal, any further distancing by the NFLPA from the NFL and its functions is only going to turn the fan base further against their cause.

Both players and Owners have expressed a desire to continue negotiations and bring the lockout to an end. Mike Vrabel (of Ohio State fame) stated the other day that he and others would like to deal with the Owners directly without a third party (the NFL labor board) involved. The problem with this argument is you still have representatives for all players negotiating with Owners you still essentially have a form of a third party since not every player would be in attendance. This is not a fair means of negotiation, then.

The alternative to that is for neither side to have third parties involved and for each Owner to come up with agreeable terms then approach their teams separately. This would effectively cut out the middle men and allow each individual Employer to work with each individual Player and allow them all to find terms that they agree with. This would essentially make the NFLPA non-existent or at the very least just an organization that would collect the funds and manage all of the finances of the player’s pensions and other benefits.

Remember, the NFLPA was dissolved between 1989 and 1993 due to a CBA negotiation breakdown in 1987 and a new CBA was not reached until 1993. The best case scenario here is that Owners establish a cap the players can agree to, that contributes more to pensions and future/veteran/retired players medical care and that they can come together and get a deal done. Some think both sides could reach out to each other before the April 6th date on the Anti-trust lawsuit, though I see that as a bit optimistic.

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By dhert
On March 19, 2011
At 2:47 pm
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A Good Day

Today’s been a good day for those who oppose the health care legislation and for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals. If you happen to fall in both camps its probably one of the best days on record this year and its only the end of January.

A U.S. District Judge in Florida has ruled that the individual mandate of the new Health Care Law is unconstitutional. It’s inevitable that this case will end up in the Supreme Court for the Justices there to decide, and given the track record so far one could argue that they will hold with this decision. That is not to say that Congress doesn’t have the power to regulate the Health Care system, but they certainly don’t have the power to require citizens to purchase it.

As for news on the Bengals front I’m proud to announce that everyone’s favorite target this year, Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski, is now unemployed. While I feel for anyone searching for a job in this climate, his time had certainly passed. After having a top 10 offense during the ’05-’07 seasons he’s put up sub 20 numbers since and this year he had what could be called the most talented offense this city has seen since ’89. Numbers show what he was able to do with the talent and it wasn’t much.

Rumors which were previously rather mild are now sweltering with the idea that the Bengals could take advantage of the Vikings paying Childress $3 million/year for the next two years to bring him in as Offense Coordinator now at a discount. Other rumors are promoting the current QBs coach and hiring Jim Zorn. The reality will be known in the coming weeks and certainly will be effected by Mike Brown. I, for one, am hoping they bring on Childress, but thats just me.

Filed under : Politics,Sports
By dhert
On January 31, 2011
At 4:30 pm
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Cincinnati Bengals…

Never have I seen a team in so much turmoil. I was going to wait to opine on what’s happened this offseason, but its really past the point of tolerating any further.

Here you have an organization promising change, but not taking any actions towards real change. You bring back an overall average Head Coach who does a lot for the community, that I’m fine with. Marvin Lewis then states that him and Mike Brown are on the same page, the problem here is that Brown’s page has always been one of undermining the coaching staff. Where does that leave us?

Our Franchise QB, Carson Palmer, wants out specifically because the change he’s wanted to see hasn’t happened and Cedric Benson doesn’t want to come back for the same reason. The fans have been asking for the same change all season, fire Bratkowski the Offensive Coordinator. The Offense was dismal last season and wasn’t much better the season before that. Bratkowski hasn’t put up a good offense since 2005 and coincidentally thats the year Carson went down with a knee injury.

So is Bratkowski the problem, or is it Carson Palmer? I would have to say that the problem is both. Carson is obviously past his prime and hasn’t ever been the same player since Kimo von Oelhoffen rolled up on his knee in the playoffs in 2005. Bratkowski has been telegraphing plays for a decade now. Need an example? If you see a RB line up 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage 75% of the time its a run to the right, the other 25% is a split between up the middle or to the left.

So what does the team do to improve? There are a ton of people coming off contracts of the next couple of years. Theres going to be a lot of uncertainty on Offensive line, which means uncertainty on Offense as a whole. I think what we need to do is let Carson retire and pull in an older experienced QB for a year to teach a rookie we draft with pick #4 (which would hopefully be Cam Newton) and work on improving the O line. You also have to get some late round talent to spread around the entire team since we’ll be losing major names on Defense over the next couple years (Jonathan Joseph, this year, and Leon Hall, next year, come to mind).

Overall this team is in a state of distress. Mike Brown has never listened to the fans and has always hoarded control over the team. He brought back an overall mediocre Head Coach in Marvin Lewis and won’t let him make the changes needed to help the team prosper. What we really need is a GM to come in and make football decisions in Mike Brown’s place, because Mike Brown is obviously flying this plane into the ground.

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By dhert
On January 28, 2011
At 1:14 pm
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